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  1. BIO: Army General Margelov

    The legendary commander of airborne troops, "paratrooper No. 1" was born December 27, 1908 in Yekaterynoslav (now Dnipropetrovsk).

    Joined the Red Army in 1928 and in 1931 graduated from the Minsk Military School (formerly the Joint Belarusian military school). Served in the Russo-Finnish War of 1939-1940 as a battalion commander.

    Served in the Great Patriotic War as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of a rifle division. In 1944, appointed commander of the 49th Guards Rifle Division of the 28th Army in the 3rd Ukrainian Front. Directs the actions liberating the Dnieper and Kherson, which earned him the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Under his command of 49th Guards Rifle Division participated in the liberation of South-Eastern Europe.

    In 1948, following his graduation from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union he was appointed Commander of the 76th Red Guards Airborne Division.

    In 1950-1954, he commanded of 37th Guards Airborne Army in the Far East. From 1954 to 1979 years he commanded all Soviet airborne troops.

    From 1979 until his death, senior member of the group of general inspectors of the Ministry of Defense. During his service in the Airborne Troops he made more than 60 jumps. The last of them at 65 years of age. The airborne academy of Russia was renamed in his honour. General Margelov passed away on 4 March 1990.

  2. Instituted on 5 May 2005 by decree of the Defense Minister of the Russian Federation. Awarded to soldiers serving in airborne units for good service of 15 years or more subject to previously being awarded an insignia ?For Merit?, as well as members of the civilian staff for airborne troops that have served faithfully in airborne troops for more than 20 years. May also be awarded to veterans of airborne troops, in the airborne reserve or retired and having served 25 years or more, as well as military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for personal contribution to the strengthening and development of airborne troops.

  3. Bio.

    KRULEV, Andrey (1892 - 1962)

    Born September 30, 1892 into a poor peasant family in the village of Bolshaya Oleksandrivka St Petersburg province (now Kingisepp district, Leningrad region).

    Emprisoned for 6 months then deported to Estonia in 1912 for bolchevic activities. Red squad leader during the 1917 revolution. Became an active member of the communist party in 1918 holding various positions of authority including party administrative and military functions. In December 1928, became deputy chief of the political management of the Moscow Military District.

    In July 1930, Krulev was appointed chief of the Central Military and Financial Management Office of the Working-Peasant Red Army on Military and Maritime Affairs, managing all the financial activities, districts and fleets. Within three years, he brought real order into the service.

    In November 1935 he was awarded the rank of corps Commissioner. In this position Krulev stayed until August 1936 as chief of the Central Military and financial management of the Red Army, he did much to strengthen the financial discipline in the army and navy. In August 1936 he was appointed as the Chief of the Construction and Housing Management Office for Defense of the USSR, and in May 1938 - Head of the Military Construction, Kiev Special Military District. A year later, his administration had been recognized among the best in the USSR.

    He brought to light the great shortcomings of the supply system during the Russo-Finnish war and when the post of superintendent of armies was created, he was given the post, promoted to lieutenant-general and shortly afterwards his incredible work earned him the Order of Lenin. His improvement of Soviet logistics in WW2 was remarkable.

    During his 40 years of service, Army General Andrei V. Krulev was awarded two Orders of Lenin, four Orders of the Red Banner, two Orders of Suvorov 1st class and many foreign orders. On 6 July 1964, the Council of Ministers of the USSR renamed the military financial school after Army General AV Krulev.

  4. Instituted on 10 July 2004 by Decree of the Defense Minister. Awarded to senior logistics officers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, to officials responsible for management, and that served for or have served in the armed forces for 20 years or more, as well as veterans of military service for great personal contribution to the organization of logistical troops.

  5. Thanks Megan. I am just perplexed about the use of the hammer and sickle in the post Soviet version of the awards.

    You have to understand this particular award was a short lived transitional design and is no longer awarded. There's a new Order of Friendship. Also, the original Soviet design had the center portion with the hammer and sickle in colour, the transitional design has no colour to these symbols.

  6. I would've understood better myself had they opted for the double headed eagle without the royal crowns (with scepter and orb). It seems they never really gave it much thought and simply reverted to pre-communist heraldic emblems.

    The badge below is the cap badge for the border service's air component, to me, it makes "a bit" more sense.

  7. Biography

    Sergei G. Gorshkov (26.02.1910 - 1988) - Soviet Admiral, twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1965 and 1982), laureate of the Lenin (1985) and State (1980) awards, Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union (1967). Born in the town of Kamenetz-Podolsk (now part of the Khmelnitsky region in the Ukraine). Joined the Navy in 1927. Served on ships of the Black Sea Fleet from 1931. Received command of a patrol boat in 1932, then command of multiple destroyers. In 1939, he was given command of a destroyer brigade, still in the Black Sea Fleet. He was given command of a brigade of cruisers just prior to the outbreak of WW2. During the defense of Odessa, he commanded the Azov fleet and led the landings in the area of Grigorivka. In September 1942, he was given overall command of the Novorossijsk defensive area. He returned to command the Azov fleet in February 1943 and in 1944, was the military commander of the Danube fleet. January 1945, in command of a squadron of the Black Sea Fleet. Between 1948 and 1951, was the Chief of Staff, then Commander of Black Sea Fleet. 1955, was deputy naval chief of staff and chief of the naval staff in 1956 and vice chairman to the Minister of Defense of the USSR. Elected deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Died in 1988.

  8. The Medal of Admiral Gorshkov was instituted on 27 January 2003 by decree of the Defense Minister. It is awarded to members of the Navy for great personal contribution to the development, production, testing and putting into operation of ships, submarines, aircraft and other military equipment intended for the Navy in a timely manner and with high quality; running tests on ships, submarines, development of new aircraft; for the introduction of new constructive solutions to significantly improve the combat capabilities of weapons and military equipment; the successful development of weapons and military equipment.

  9. If there is a demand I will happily create a forum and see what happens.

    Yes please. Even with a somewhat lukewarm reception at first, there is enough new interesting stuff going on to keep people interested, IMHO, for some time to come. Who knows, it may even get some people to look at other things than swastikas...? :rolleyes:

  10. No Bingo

    I was really referring to a transitional model which was essentially IDENTICAL to the classic one, just missing the CCCP on the banner at the bottom.

    Maybe Alexei Merezhko knows more on this, understand he was focussing on figuring out the different types of this award.

    Oh... Duh... :speechless:

    I've got a pic of that one somewhere... I'll find it...

  11. I'd like to see this as well (although I won't have much to add I'm afraid).

    Have been putting all my books from storage into cabinets in new house past days and came across some old auction catalogues. Before I knew it, i was reading through them... and noticed a transitional period Order of Friendship (without the CCCP on it but same design) - this would fall into the forum as well?

    Bingo! See pic below. The Russian Federation awards include many Soviet era pieces with the hammer and sickle removed, some Tsarist stuff brought back and many many completely new designs. Matter of fact, I presently have over 200 of them identified and still going... :speechless:

  12. At least you won't get the abuse that lurks elsewhere?

    The abuse was quite mild and is already forgotten... :ninja: And it honestly was better than absolute indifference. :mad:

    Now you'll better understand the time elapsed from my original join date to my latest posts... :(

  13. Any particular reason why there's no section on modern Russian Federation awards? (or did I miss it?) :rolleyes:

    I've been actively researching this field for many months now and have compiled it on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_de...sian_Federation (still ongoing work)

    I have also been actively updating the OMSA database, although there is still much work to be done, many pics to be sorted, medals to be identified etc.

  14. His autobiography is entitled "Stuka pilot" and is an excellent account of air to ground and air to air combat on the eastern front. And yes, an incredible pilot who went up the ranks from leutnant to oberst in under 3 years and earning every combat award around. He also flew the FW-190 towards the end of the war.

    But as a few have already commented, this man was a hardent national socialist! He clearly and openly blames the lies of generals over the ineptitude of Hitler in his book. And his post war record speaks for itself... Why do you think he moved to Argentina?..

  15. I assure you I am in no way offended by your comments nor would I even presume to question you on that subject. You are absolutely correct, and I've learned over the years not to argue with people that are right, saves a lot of precious energy.

    I have no interest whatsoever in EVER reselling any of my medals which FYI, now number over 700 from most major nations (1793 to today). I take great pleasure in exposing them and getting people interested in history, and from my personnal experience found that it is easier to get them interested when what they look at is pleasing to the eye.

    I also have medals that are "in their juice" and black as pitch... But those are for my personnal viewing pleasure. The ones I do expose to the general public look like this. When I do kick the proverbial bucket, if my son shows no interest in my collection, they are already hearmarked in my will as going to a museum. So they'll always be for public viewing.


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